Seattle, WA

Roosevelt Court, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98115
206-524-9223
seattle@tenthousandvillages.com

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Sunday: 12pm-7pm

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Who we are

Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Your The Thousand Villages Store in Seattle has extended its hours and added dozens of events for November and December, including a tree-lighting celebration December 3rd. We post all of it on our Facebook page. Just click on the logo below and then bookmark us to stay current on the opportunities we provide. We look forward to seeing you here.

About Us

Ten Thousand Villages—Seattle is run in large part by volunteers including our volunteer board of directors. We are a vibrant part of the community. You are invited to the dozens of events we host in the store and at locations throughout Washington State. Find us on Facebook to see the most up-to-date information about our activities including the book club and Community Shopping Events that raise funds for other nonprofit organizations. We are motivated and inspired by our mission:

Ten Thousand Villages' mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

Our history
1991 - Ten Thousand Villages opens in Kirkland as a mission of Seattle Mennonite Church

1994 - We move from Kirkland to downtown Seattle, near the Pike Place Market

2000 - Ten Thousand Villages incorporates as its own organization and moves to our present location at 65th and Roosevelt Avenue NE.

About Coupons, Discounts and Sales
All Ten Thousand Villages artisan partners are been fully paid. Our relationships follow the Fair Trade principles. Rest assured that the coupon or discount you receive does not impact the artisan. Enjoy the savings!

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Birthday Club
Join our Birthday Club and receive a coupon for 15% during your birthday month! Sign up in the store.

Coffee Club
Buy 10 bags of coffee, get 1 bag free!

Artisan Representatives
If you are representing an artisan group from a developing nation contact Ten Thousand Villages—Akron. You are welcome to send information about the group along with pictures or product information. Please DO NOT send actual samples. Artisan information should be emailed to inquiry.us@tenthousandvillages.com or postal mailed to:

Ten Thousand Villages
Purchasing, Administrative Secretary
PO Box 500 Akron, PA 17501

Volunteer

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA

As a nonprofit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement and have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products that we sell, join us! We welcome highly motivated people, with a friendly attitude and a desire to help. Many of our positions require no previous experience, and with extended store hours, we have opportunities that fit any schedule.

Ten Thousand Villages Seattle is looking for volunteers to work in the store as well as to set up and/or work during the offsite sales season in the fall. No prior experience necessary; just a willingness to learn and excitement about Fair Trade!

Please email volunteer inquiries to volunteers.seattle@tenthousandvillages.com.

To register for a volunteer orientation, please visit www.shiftboard.com/seattlevillages and make an account. Orientations take place on Wednesday evenings. If Wednesdays don't work for you, please email the volunteer coordinator at the address above.

Please call us if you have any questions about volunteering with us, and if you submit your volunteer application @www.shiftboard.com/seattlevillages, we will reach out to you.

Meet Our Volunteers

Champion Team - Board Member

Be an active working member of the Seattle leadership team. Currently, we are looking for people with Human Resources and Operations/Retail experience, and our ask is a commitment of 10-12 hours a month.


Champion Team - Event Planner

Work on a team to help us plan and execute events - fundraising, educational, volunteer recruiting, etc. No previous experience is necessary.


Champion Team - Recruiter

After having gathered sufficient experience as a Ten Thousand Villages volunteer, lead a volunteer orientation, answer questions from prospective volunteers, and help with recruiting activities.  Our ask is that you volunteer one 2-hour shift a month.


Champion Team - Speaker

After having gathered sufficient experience with Ten Thousand Villages, talk to schools, churches, and other organizations about our mission, store, and the help that we need. Our ask is that you give 1-2 talks per month.


Customer Team - Inventory Specialist

Use your attention to detail to help us unpack and manage our store inventory. No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Offsite Sales Associate

Help us set up shop at local festivals and community gatherings.  Engage with customers and share the Ten Thousand Villages mission; help them find what they are looking for and make their purchases.  Help with site set up/take down, and inventory management. No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Offsite Sales Lead

After having gathered sufficient experience as an Offsite Sales Associate, lead site set up/take down and inventory management, and mentor and support new volunteers.  Our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Store Sales Associate

In our Seattle store, engage with customers and share the Ten Thousand Villages mission; help them find what they are looking for and make their purchases. During down time, help unpack inventory, and keep the store bright and tidy. No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Store Sales Lead

After having gathered sufficient experience as a Store Sales Associate in our Seattle store, drive the priorities for your shifts, and mentor and support new volunteers.  Our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Store Team - Gardener

Use your green thumb to help keep our plants healthy and vibrant.  Our ask is that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Store Team - Handy Person

Use your talents to help with repairs in the store on an as-needed basis.


Store Team - Housekeeping

Work behind the scenes to keep the store bright and tidy - dust, sweep, vacuum, and clean. No previous experience is necessary, and we ask that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Store Team - Merchandise Specialist

Use your retail experience to help with the purchasing and visual merchandising functions within the store. Our ask is that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Technology Team - Designer

Use your experience and creativity to help create store signage, merchandise displays, and brochures, on an as-needed basis.


Technology Team - IT Support

Use your experience to help with IT needs in the store, on an as-needed basis.


Technology Team - Web Master

Use your experience to help make updates to our store website, on an as-needed basis.

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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2015 Book Club - January 14, 2015 - June 27, 2015

Join us every 4th Saturday through June 27th to discuss important works on global issues!

We are looking for fellow locals that are interested in exploring the work we do at Ten Thousand Villages through a literary context. Topics include global poverty, the status of women, economic development, and economic opportunity.


Janurary 31st @ 4pm

Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler

Bad Lands is a witty travel memoir about Wheeler’s adventures in places often perceived as having the most repressive regimes in the world, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Libya.


February 28th @ 4pm

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

Ehrenreich and Hochschild's book examines working women from developing nations who come to work in the nurseries, homes and brothels of the first world.

“Important and provocative” - The New York Times


March 28th @ 4pm
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World
by John Wood

John Wood, a successful employee of Microsoft in Australia, took a vacation to Nepal where he visited a school that inspired him to leave his job and change the world.

http://www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com/


April 25th @ 4pm
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
by Jimmy Carter

A Call to Action examines how false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts had lead to a growing tolerance for warfare and violence against women.


May 30th @ 4pm
More than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty
by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel reveals how to better invest the over two hundred billion dollars Americans donate to charity annually, and how to transform the well-being of the world.


June 27th @ 4pm
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
by Bill Clinton

“We all have the capacity to do great things. My Hope is that the people and stories in this book will lift spirits, touch hearts, and demonstrate that citizen activism and service can be a powerful agent of change in the world.” - Bill Clinton

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